Hindus have urged Brevard County Board of County Commissioners in Florida to be more inclusive by allowing atheists to offer invocations at Board meetings at par with religious groups.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, stressed that as Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Baha'is, Confucians, Daos, Shinto, Jains, Zoroastrians and others had freedom of their belief systems and were respected for their respective choices, and so should be the atheists. We all should be more inclusive if we wanted to create harmony in the world.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that even His Holiness Pope Francis, in his "Urbi et Orbi" message in Vatican City on December 25, 2013, said: "And I also invite non-believers to desire peace with that yearning that makes the heart grow: all united, either by prayer or by desire. But all of us, for peace."
Moreover, Holy See launched in 2011 a new Vatican structure termed as the "Courtyard of the Gentiles", the aim of which was to promote dialogue and encounter between believers and non-believers, Rajan Zed added.
Who were we as human beings to judge publicly that other humans' beliefs different than us were wrong? Zed asked.
Take a step forward in inclusiveness, Rajan Zed urged the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners.
Brevard County along Atlantic Ocean, founded in 1844 and also known as "Space Coast", is home to Kennedy Space Center. Its tagline is "Nature/Beaches/Space" and "Openness" is among its "Core Values". Mary Bolin Lewis, Robin Fisher and Stockton Whitten are its Board Chairman, Board Vice Chair and County Manager respectively.